KPTV - FOX12 (Portland, Oregon)

KPTV - FOX12 (Portland, Oregon)
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KPTV, VHF channel 12, is the Fox-affiliated television station serving the Portland, Oregon television market, which includes most of the state of Oregon and portions of Southwest Washington. The station is owned by the Meredith Corporation in a duopoly with MyNetworkTV affiliate KPDX (channel 49); KPTV's studios are located in Beaverton and its transmitter is located in Portland, while master control operations for both KPTV and KPDX are located at Meredith's West Coast hub facility at the studios of Phoenix, Arizona sister station KPHO-TV.

KPTV presently broadcasts a total of 50 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 8½ hours on weekdays, and five hours each on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the highest local newscast output of any television station in the state of Oregon (KPTV's Saturday and Sunday 5 p.m. newscasts are subject to preemption or delay due to sports coverage provided by Fox); in addition, the station produces a half-hour sports wrap-up show called Oregon Sports Final that airs on Sundays at 11 p.m. KPTV is also one of the few Fox affiliates that produces newscasts for another television station in the same market, as it produces 10 hours of local newscasts each week for sister station KPDX.

Throughout its entire history, as a network affiliate and as an independent station, KPTV has always operated a local news department. Future Oregon governor Tom McCall, a longtime journalist before entering politics, joined KPTV in 1955 as a newscaster and political commentator. McCall left KPTV in late 1956 for KGW-TV, where he was a member of the original news team for seven years before leaving to run for Oregon's secretary of state. The station's long-running primetime newscast, known as The 10 O'Clock News, first aired in 1970. KPTV was also one of the first television stations in the country to run a mid-afternoon newscast, as the station aired a 3 p.m. news bulletin from 1974 to 1978. Since then (especially after switching to Fox), KPTV has begun to go head-to-head with competitors KGW, KATU and KOIN by taking on a more news-intensive format, which took years to take effect.  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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